Passenger traffic at Halifax Stanfield International Airport increased 2.7% in 2010, making it one of the busiest years in the airport’s 50-year history.
The largest increase in passenger numbers was seen in the transborder sector – non-stop flights to the United States – where traffic was up by 7.3%.
According to Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA), the introduction of US Airways’ three times a day service to Philadelphia, contributed significantly to this growth.
Meanwhile cargo traffic at Halifax Stanfield International was also up in 2010, jumping 5.7% to 28,450 metric tonnes.
Last year HIAA’s total revenue grew to C$67 million up from C$62.1 million in 2009. This included C$47.3 million in operating revenues and C$19.7 million in airport improvement fees.
Elsewhere, total expenses in 2010 were C$65.4 million, meaning that revenues at the airport exceeded expenses by C$1.6 million over the year.
In addition, HIAA invested C$22.7 million in its capital improvement program during 2010.
This included completing a combined services complex to house the airport’s emergency response services and airfield maintenance teams as well as various upgrades to the terminal building and part of the airfield restoration program.
Tom Ruth, HIAA president and CEO, says: “In 2010, we celebrated 10 years as an airport authority, 50 years as an airport, had one of our busiest years for passenger and cargo traffic, completed several capital improvement projects, and delivered a positive bottom line.”